The Art of Living Together

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This is not just another exhibit of artists with disabilities, or the result of “art-therapy”. It is something different: it is the expression of a liberating and creative process. Since its outset, Sant’Egidio has taken care of marginalized persons with disabilities, unveiling their hidden troubles, their stories of exclusion and humiliation, but also their unexpressed thoughts and expectations. Out of this comes their desire to express themselves, their “joie de vivre”, that transgresses prejudices and feeling like a minority and unleashes their potential.

by which persons with mental disabilities or their interlocutors (the so-called normally endowed) are no longer typified as such, but have joined hands as protagonists – thanks to an equitable and dialogical relationship. Thought and action originated “a sort of Massive Relational Artwork” made up of artists with and without disabilities – openly exchanging experiences with the Arts community and especially with recognized artists.

Since the end of the 1990s, the Art Workshops have given rise to a series of exhibits, on different themes, in various cities of Italy and Europe. In recent years their works have been shown with other contemporary artists; participating for example in the Venice Biennale and exposing their works to the Quirinale, in the residence of the President of the Italian Republic. This year their work also comes to New York which, on two different occasions, will offer the opportunity to listen to those who have no voice with force and immediacy on their on one of the greatest challenges of our time – that of “Living together”.

Their works are a concrete response to the growing xenophobic passions of our societies. Sant’Egidio always chooses the culture of “Living together” in contrast with fear, promoting work for peace, unveiling the tragic aspects of emigration caused by war and poverty.



United Nations Headquarters, New York: November 5-16, 2018

To attend the Closing Ceremony: please note that those without a UN Grounds pass who wish to view the exhibit (from 5 to 6pm) and attend the closing ceremony to begin at 6pm on Thursday 15th November, are kindly invited to provide their name to no later than Sunday 11th November.


The artists will be available at the exhibit site on both Thursday 15th November and Friday 16th November, from 2 to 4pm. Kindly provide your name to no later than Friday 9th November. Thank you for bringing a valid Government issued ID with you.